My wife bought me a bosu ball (picture left) for my birthday. I always thought they were cool and often saw people getting beat by them at physical therapy. The goal of this "fitness toy" is to improve core strength and it can be used while doing many different kinds of exercises. It came with a DVD that contained a bunch of workouts and many pages of instructions. It is a perfect present since it is something that I wanted for a long time but probably would never buy for myself. It isn't cheap.
I got it yesterday. I initially plan on using it, along with the physical therapy stretches for my legs, hips, and back during days that I don't do yoga. I'll also mix in some strength exercises (back to the 100 push up challenge) so I can hopefully get my hip in a good enough condition to try some intensity on the bike.
I'm probably going to have to do some stretching/strength and/or training in the morning (I am a late night exerciser mostly) since this "stuff" is taking up a lot of time. Training in the morning won't be pretty but I think that it is on the path to recovery. I'll keep you posted on how this new toy works out for me.